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H.E. “Eddie” Hicks, Jr. - Director

Mr. Hicks is responsible for overseeing all operations associated with the Emergency Management office.
Mr. Hicks has been in Emergency Management for over 30 years. He was director of Colbert County EMA for 17 years and Morgan County since August of 1996. He currently holds designations of Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers(IAEM), Masters Level Emergency Manager and Certified Local Emergency Manager through Alabama Association of Emergency Managers(AAEM). Mr. Hicks has a BS Degree in Public Safety Administration from Athens State University and an AS Degree in Fire Science Administration from Shoals Community College. He has been a part of the Homeland Security Consortium since 2009 and has served as the President of the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers (AAEM) for three separate terms. In 2002, Eddie was awarded the Clayton R. Christopher Award from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and from 2010-2011 he served as the President of IAEM.

Fun Fact: Eddie was the first person in the state to receive the Advanced level certification and he was also in the first class to receive the Masters level certification. 

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Brandy Davis - EMergency management specialist - plans and operations

Mrs. Davis is responsible for writing and updating emergency plans and procedures and coordinating emergency operations. Mrs. Davis has been with Morgan County EMA since the summer of 2014. She holds a BS Degree in Rural Sociology with Minors in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics from Auburn University. Before working with Morgan County EMA, Mrs. Davis worked with the City of Decatur Engineering Department, First South Farm Credit, and Wallace State Community College. She currently holds an Advanced Level Emergency Manager (ALEM) Certification from the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers. Mrs. Davis graduated from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Basic Academy in March of 2016.

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Trent Simon - Emergency Management Specialist - Administration, Grants & Training

Mr. Simon is responsible for office administration, grant management and coordination of training for the EMA staff and response agencies throughout the county. Mr. Simon has been with Morgan County EMA since the spring of 2017. He holds a BS degree in Criminal Justice with minors in Political Science and Security & Emergency Management from the University of North Alabama. He also hold a Master’s of Professional Studies with a specialization in Safety Leadership from the University of North Alabama. Prior to working for Morgan County EMA, he worked for the University of North Alabama and businesses located in the Decatur area. He currently holds an Advanced Level Emergency Manager (ALEM) Certification from the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers. Mr. Simon graduated from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Basic Academy in December of 2017.

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Dede Hayes - Emergency management specialist - TVA Radiological emergency planner

Mrs. Hayes is responsible for writing and updating the radiological emergency preparedness plans for the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in regards to Morgan County. Mrs. Hayes has been with the Morgan County EMA since 2011. She has worked in other offices within the county since 1995. She currently holds an Advanced Level Emergency Manager (ALEM) Certification from the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers. Mrs. Hayes graduated from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Basic Academy in August of 2018.

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